NCAA Basketball betting line favors Braves over Bulldogs

Drake BulldogsBradley Braves
Dec 29, 8:00 PM | Carver Arena

Drake Bulldogs vs Bradley Braves Odds

6-5TEAM RECORD8-4

The Drake Bulldogs will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Braves in Bradley at Carver Arena on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Braves sit at 8-4 (6-3-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Bulldogs are currently 6-5 (5-4 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Bradley is 3-3 OU, and Drake is 4-2-2 OU.

View Drake vs Bradley Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Braves were listed as 4.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 128-rated Braves and the No. 193-ranked Bulldogs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 80-74 result in favor of the Braves.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bulldogs is ranked No. 326 in NCAA hoops at 30 per game. Contrast that with Bradley’s No. 172 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Bradley is the No. 315-ranked team in the country at 4.3 per game, while Drake rates No. 4 at 9.5 per game.

Defensively, Drake features the nation's No. 249-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.7 points per game. Bradley, meanwhile, comes in at No. 163 nationally in scoring at home.

Drake won its last outing, a 74-56 result against Eastern Illinois on December 22. They covered in that game as a 15-point favorite. Micah Mason scored 19 points leading the Bulldogs to a 74-56 victory over Eastern Illinois at Knapp Center on Saturday.

Bradley was a 57-55 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Portland. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. The Braves got 15 points from Dyricus Simms-Edwards, but it was Portland that prevailed in a 57-55 final on Sunday at Orleans Arena.

Drake Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Wichita State are 4-6
After a win are 2-8

Bradley Braves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Southern Illinois are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

A few Bulldogs at Braves trends to consider:
Drake is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against Bradley
Drake is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Bradley is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Bradley is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Drake
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Bradley's last 8 games when playing Drake
Bradley is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games

Next up:
Drake home to Wichita State, Wednesday, January 2
Bradley at Southern Illinois, Wednesday, January 2

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